The Biggest Motorcycle in the World
Fabio Feggiani’ is the Guinness World Record title holder for the “Biggest Motorcycle”. Measuring in at 20 ft long – supported on either side by training wheels, this behemoth comes in at 3 tonnes. Not really designed especially for speed and power, he used a modified Detroit Diesel inline V6 to power it. Well, the Australians certainly wouldn’t stand for that.
Designed and built in Perth, Australia, mechanic Ray Baumann spent over $250,000 building what he saw as the true champion of biggest motorbike in history. Dubbed the “Monster Motorbike”, it made it’s first debut on the Perth Motorway. Before an audience of some ten thousand people, Baumann unleashed this 13.6 ton wildebeest out on the track. Each of his tires weighed as much as the entire motorbike of the Guinness Book title holder.
Built to Smash
From Day One, Baumann says he set out to design the world’s largest monster-truck style motorcycle. Capable of smashing and crashing against cars, this vehicle had to hold up to the stresses that come with it. This is why he designed the vehicle with two 3 ton wide-base wheels. They’re able to hit an asymmetric surface and maintain their center of gravity. Of course, this comes at a premium in terms of speed. Audiences don’t seem to mind as they watch the Monster Motorbike set a fountain of sparks and fire across the wreckage of a 4-cylinder car. (more…)
In the heart of this beast lies the roaring thunder of an Allison Auto 16 cylinder diesel tractor trailer engine. This is a rare engine not commonly used. Most tractor trailers us
“We built it to smash over cars,” owner Ray Baumann said during an interview with the Cumberland Courier News.
Special Allison Engine
In the heart of this beast lies the roaring thunder of an Allison Auto 16 cylinder diesel tractor trailer engine. This is a rare engine not commonly used. Most tractor trailers usually spring for a similar V8 or V12 – usually for maintenance and fuel efficiency. Neither of those being the goal for this vehicle – just the desire to smash cars and melt faces at the track.
The V16 engine is truly a unique feature because it provides a great amount of power. It’s maximum speed is only projected to be 40 km/h (~25 mph). That is still impressive considering how heavy the vehicle is. At 13.6 tons, you truly do need all 16 cylinders firing to get up to speed in a timely fashion.
Wanting to keep in the same vein as the classic motorcycle experience, Baumann outfitted the Monster Motorbike with a hydraulically lifted long seat and handlebars. Because the pilot has to be raised well above the platform to have a good visual on where the motorcycle is heading, the hydraulics are absolutely essential. But it’s hilarious to see a rider getting on for the first time. It looks more like piloting a transformer than an actual motorcycle. Still, Baumann insisted and it provides a great, overall aesthetic appeal to the bike itself.
Unique Motorcycles Trends
This Monster Motorbike is a fantastic example of what a team can create with specific goals in mind. They wanted a motorcycle capable of blasting through a car – success. But what about other designs such as futuristic or things straight out of science fiction? Well, take a look at the Parker Brothers Concepts – the builders who designed and fabricated the unicycles from Battleship. They also made a pretty mean rendition of the prototype Batmobile. The brothers are constantly trying to push the boundaries of what can be done with the classic concept of a motorcycle.